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Enactment Imminent for Section 529A Tax-Exempt Savings Programs for Disabled Beneficiaries

On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Senate approved the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) legislation previously approved by the House, authorizing state-sponsored tax-exempt savings programs for disability-related...more

SEC to Require Living Wills and Stress-Testing for Investment Advisers

In a speech on December 11, 2014, SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced three broad “proactive initiatives” to address the risks of “increasingly complex portfolio composition and operations” in the asset management industry. ...more

Saving for college is also good for your estate plan

A 529 plan is one of the most powerful and flexible tools available for college savings, but it also provides some unique estate planning benefits. This article explains how 529 plans work for savings purposes, but also notes...more

Wills, Trusts and Estates Newsletter - December 2014

In This Issue: - Managing Your Online Presence after Death - Estate Planning Questions: Naming a Beneficiary to your Accounts - Looking for a New Acronym? Try QLAC - Excerpt from Estate Planning...more

Estate Planning Questions: Naming a Beneficiary to your Accounts

Why not just add a child or loved one to your accounts? We often see instances where an elderly parent has added the name of a child or other loved one to their bank accounts, CDs or brokerage accounts. Normally the...more

Looking for a New Acronym? Try QLAC

What's a QLAC? Effectively, it is a Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract that's owned by a traditional IRA or 401K plan....more

Extension of 2014 Qualified Charitable Distributions

On December 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend a number of tax breaks for the 2014 tax year. Senate approval of the bill is likely. ...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2014

December Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The December Section 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs,...more

Beware of Unintended Beneficiary Designations

Beneficiary designations are commonly used to name the individuals or entities who are to receive the proceeds of life insurance policies or retirement plans after the death of the owner. An increasing number of financial...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Trustee May Rescind Reverse Mortgage

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of importance to property and banking practitioners: is the statutory right to rescind a reverse mortgage limited to the original property owner?...more

How Does Moving Impact Your Financial and Estate Plan Health?

I'm moving. So moving (and packing, hauling, and unpacking) is on my mind. It occurred to me that many clients have questions about what moving means for their financial and estate plans. ...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2014

November Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The November Section 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs,...more

Bank is Not Entitled to Deficiency Judgment Against Debtors Who Did Not Consent to Disposal of One of Two Properties Securing the...

The California Fifth Appellate District (Appellate Court) has decided that in a judicial foreclosure action, a bank whose loan was secured by two parcels of real property is precluded by C.C.P. section 726 (the one form of...more

Extraordinary Turnout and Discussions at ULC Unclaimed Property Drafting Meeting

Failing to attend last week’s Uniform Law Commission’s (ULC’s) Drafting Committee meeting to revise the 1995 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (the Act) was worse than missing the 2012 Extravakranza. On November 7 and 8, 2014,...more

"The Estate Planner" – November/December 2014

In this issue: - The Sec. 1031 Exchange - A Powerful Estate Planning Tool - Worried About Challenges To Your Estate Plan? Make It No Contest! - Don't Underestimate The Impact Of State Estate...more

La Tassazione Del Trust Non Commerciale Alla Luce Del Disegno Di Legge Di Stabilità 2015.

L’art. 44 del Disegno di Legge di Stabilità 2015 introduce una modifica al regime di tassazione dei dividendi percepiti dagli enti non commerciali, diminuendo notevolmente la quota esclusa da tassazione. La modifica, se...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2014

In This Issue: - October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month - New California Data Protection Law - Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order - FTC Cautions Executives About Personal Liability for False...more

Asset Protection for Inherited IRAs

Owners of large retirement accounts may be lulled into complacency concerning the asset protection available to these special assets. The funds which you (and perhaps also your employer through a matching program) have...more

Financial affairs structure dodges a “related entities” exclusion

The Queensland Supreme Court recently delivered a judgement demonstrating how an exclusion intended to exclude claims from which the Insured may benefit directly or indirectly did not do its work due to the way in which the...more

California (Finally) Conforms to Federal Treatment of UBTI in Charitable Remainder Trusts

One of the most important tax attributes of charitable remainder trusts is that they are exempt from income tax – except, that is, when it comes to unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) of these trusts. For decades the...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: Watch out for IRA traps

An IRA can be a valuable estate planning tool, offering tax-deferred growth (tax-free in the case of a Roth IRA) and asset protection. But two recent developments create traps for the unwary: the “one-rollover-per-year” rule...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide If Accountant-Client Privilege Applies to Will Contests

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal in Brunton v. Kruger. Brunton involves the scope of the accountant-client privilege – more specifically, what...more

Cat Bond Litigation: Unambiguous Bond Documents Cause Court To Dismiss With Prejudice Complaint Seeking to Claw Back Payments Made...

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed, with prejudice, claims relating to the triggering of the Mariah Re severe weather event cat bond. Mariah Re Ltd. v. American Family Mutual...more

October 2014 Estate Planning Update: What You Need

First and foremost, all adults need powers of attorney regardless of their age, their health or their wealth. There are two types of powers of attorney. A health care power of attorney allows you to name an agent to make...more

The Lehman Client Money Litigation

When it was placed into administration on the morning of 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) ("LBIE") could account for approximately $2.16 billion of money in its segregated client...more

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